Public engagement on coastal issues

Public understanding of coastal dynamics and evolution is of vital importance in supporting the implementation of sustainable coastal management. However, successfully delivering scientific information to the general public is a challenging task. “The Beaches of Cascais: past and present” science-based exhibition aimed at upstream public engagement on coastal issues. Results from two surveys, conducted before and after the exhibition, provide valuable insights on the effectiveness of these types of initiatives as successful outreach platforms to raise public understanding about coastal evolution. A 7-minute video compiling the several elements of the “The Beaches of Cascais: past and present” exhibition is available at:

See also article in Ocean & Coastal Management: Upstream public engagement on coastal issues: Audience response to a science-based exhibition

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SedNet policy brief on sediment management

On 14 June 2017 SedNet published its policy brief “Effective river basin management needs to include sediment”.

During the 10th International SedNet conference in Genoa a first copy of the policy brief was handed over by Marc Eisma, chairman of SedNet, to Raimund Mair of EC-DG ENV – Water Unit, with the request to spread the document to his EC colleagues. In the coming period SedNet will disseminate the policy brief to European River Basin Commissions and other stakeholders.


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Portuguese project to evaluate sediment sources offshore

The Portuguese Environment Agency [] will develop in a short notice a project to evaluate sediment sources offshore (between -20m CD (closure depth) to -35m CD) to identify borrow areas for high magnitude beach nourishment operations in the western coast of Portugal. The project, designated CHIMERA, is part of the ongoing sediment management strategy and policy, assuming the replacement of the sediment budget as the main coastal protection measure in areas with large background erosion.

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PhD position in the Interreg project “sullied sediments”

For the project “Sullied Sediments” which started in January 2017, the work group on Applied Aquatic Toxicology (AAT) at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is looking for a highly motivated individual with a degree in biology or environmental sciences (or a comparable field) and, ideally, some experience in the following areas: ecotoxicology, microbiology, environmental toxicology.

“Sullied Sediments” is an EU-Interreg-Project with 13 partners, coordinated by the University of Hull, and aims at an improved assessment, treatment and protection of freshwater sediments, especially with regard to EU-watch list chemicals. The AATs major focus within the project will be ecotoxicological testing and evaluation of biotest results in combination with chemical data and in close cooperation with national and international partners.

It concerns a half time position starting at the soonest possible date. The position will end on December 31, 2019.

See for detailed information: 015-17 DM Stellenausschreibung – EnglischStellenausschreibung Sullied Sediments – Bewerbungsschluss 17.3.2017 (and in German: Stellenausschreibung Sullied Sediments – Bewerbungsschluss 17.3.2017)

Deadline for application is 17 March 2017.

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Post-doc position iCASP – Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme

Position available at the University of Leeds (postdoctoral level) to work on a newly awarded project iCASP – Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme – (~ £5million NERC funded); 5 years duration, application deadline 19th of March 2017.

This is a research position on the socio-economics of catchment solutions. The appointed person will work on assessing the benefits of catchment solutions based on robust natural science-base. The appointed person will engage extensively with natural scientists and non-academic partners, but will also have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge socio-economic research. An impact officer will support the appointed person on its role.

You can find all the details here:


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GLOBAQUA – newsletter

GLOBAQUA (Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity) is an EU-funded project aiming to identify the prevalence of, and interaction between, stressors under water scarcity in order to improve knowledge of relationships between multiple stressors and to improve water management practices and policies.

Here you can find the latest issue of the GLOBAQUA newsletter which describes the main scientific results achieved so far, the main outcomes of its public events as well as key news from case studies and the most relevant forthcoming events. If you have any comments or would like to share your point of view you can contact

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Apply now for the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize

This year a prize of AU$200,000 will be awarded for outstanding achievements in sustainable river basin management.

Any organisation or partnership who has implemented a successful program of activities benefiting a river, lake, wetland or estuary, in any part of the world, is encouraged to apply.

The winner of the Thiess International Riverprize will be announced at the 19th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia, on 19 September 2017.

Applications can be made online through the IRF website and stage one of the application must be completed by 24 March 2017.

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115 abstracts received for SedNet conference

The SedNet Steering Group is pleased with the result of the Call for Abstracts for the 10th International SedNet Conference “Sediments on the move”  that will be held on 14-17 June 2017 at the Palazzo San Giorgio, Genoa, Italy:

                 115 abstracts have been submitted!

In the next couple of weeks the abstracts will be judged by the SedNet Steering Group. Everyone who submitted an abstract will be informed of the outcome by early March.
The preliminary conference programme will be published soon after this process.

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Post-Doc Position “Mineralogical investigations on steel-river sediments”

LIEC, CNRS-Université de Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France, have a Post-Doc position available on Mineralogy/Environmental Geochemistry.

Skills Required: X-ray diffraction, synchrotron related spectroscopies and microscopies, Rietveld refinement.

For a detailed description see Postdoc MOBISED_region2017.

For application please provide the following documents:
– Letter with motivation
– List of publications
– Detailed CV, including summary of research activities (5-10 pages)
– Two letters of referees

– Deadline for application: February 1st
– Interviews: January-February 2017
– Recruitment: March 2017

Contact persons: – ph. +33 (0)383 596252

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e-Newsletter SedNet

The September-2016 edition of the SedNet eNewsletter is online:


  • SedNet (up) to date
  • New SedNet Steering Group members
  • 10th SedNet Conference 14-17 June 2017
    with free pre-conference sessions by several European projects on 13 June 2017
  • In Memoriam Remi Laane (1949-2016)
  • 2nd International Conference on Deriving Environmental Quality Standards for the Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • West African coast struggling with coastal erosion
  • Sand tracking study for Mississippi Gulf Coast Beach Management
  • Sustainable Port Management Delfzijl
  • Seaport of Emden, Germany, reducing dredging costs by 90%
  • Upcoming events

Enjoy reading!

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